Jude, in his epistle, issues a challenge, a call. He appeals to readers to contend for the faith (Jude 3) or, to stay true to the message of Christ as originally proclaimed by the Lord’s apostles. As believers today, one application of his appeal throughout the book of Jude is...
Our passage today [2 Samuel 19] speaks to times when our leaders disappoint us.
David was the best leader God’s people ever had in the Old Testament. But when you come to the end of his life, you find some things recorded in the Bible, you say, I just wish that that was not so.
David brought great blessing to the people of God, and what we learn about David in the last days of his life frankly is hard to believe. And it is disappointing to say the least.
What are you to do in life when a leader you respect disappoints you? I want to give you the most direct answer I can from the Bible here today, and it is simply this: When a leader that you respect disappoints you, you look to Jesus Christ by way of contrast.
In this series, we’ve picked up, time and again, ways in which David points us forward to Jesus. Ways in which David is an anticipation of Jesus. Ways in which David is very like the Lord Jesus Christ. He was, after all, a man after God’s own heart. And so it is not surprising that as you look at his life, you very often see a reflection or an anticipation of the Lord Jesus Christ. But at the end of his life, there are painful things that you just wish were not there.
But they are there.
And so, you look through David to Jesus Christ, not by way of comparison or continuity but by way of contrast, you say to yourself thank God there’s nothing like that in Jesus.